Georgia: Two Years After the August War

On 23 September 2010, the Aleksanteri Institute organized a seminar focusing on Georgia. Keynote address was delivered by H.E. Mr. Amiran Kavadze, Ambassador of Georgia to Sweden and Finland. Ambassador Kavadze emphasized the importance of rapid EU integration, deep economic and democratic reforms as well as some of the key policy objectives regarding the de-occupation of Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Presentation by Associate Professor Kornely K. Kakachia (Tbilisi State University) opened the panel discussion. He outlined Georgia's foreign policy options and obstacles, especially the strained bilateral relations with Russia. Kakachia argued that it is highly unlikely that in the near future pro-Kremlin government would rise into power in Georgia, since the opposition and ruling party alike are committed not only to the Euro-Atlantic integration, but also to the re-integration of those regions currently not under Tbilisi's control into Georgia proper.

Other panelists at the seminar included Salla Nazarenko, freelance journalist; Jeremy Smith, senior researcher of the University of Eastern Finland; Mikko Palonkorpi, researcher of the Aleksanteri Institute. The panel was chaired by researcher Hanna Smith (the Aleksanteri Institute).

The seminar was well attended by representatives of political, diplomatic and academic circles of the capital of Finland.

kakachia kavadze palonkorpi
Kornely K. Kakachia, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Tbilisi State University H.E. Amiran Kavadze,
Ambassador of Georgia
Mikko Palonkorpi, Researcher, The Aleksanteri Institute


Seminar program (pdf): http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/news/events/2010/0923georgia.pdf


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